RNCM Symphony Orchestra
Friday 25 October 7.30pm
RNCM Concert Hall
Bright Sheng Prelude and Black Swan
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major Op 35
Igor Stravinsky The Firebird (complete)
Clark Rundell, Rebecca Tong conductors
Savva Zverev violin
A modernist icon, people were never quite sure what Stravinsky was going to do next. While he was Russian through and through, Paris was a crucial city for him and in 1910, it hosted the world première of his breakthrough piece, The Firebird, which was a huge hit with audience and critics alike. However, his journey wasn’t over yet. He eventually tired of Europe and moved to Hollywood in the late 30s, joining a cell of exiled European artists including Arnold Schoenberg.
Tonight’s programme also features Tchaikovsky’s uninhibited duet for soloist and orchestra. The world première had a myriad of Manchester connections. Russian violinist Adolph Brodsky – later to become leader of the Hallé Orchestra and Principal of the Royal Manchester College of Music at the invitation of Sir Charles Hallé – performed the concerto in Vienna in 1881, under the baton of his friend, Hans Richter (who became the Hallé’s conductor in 1899).
We’re very lucky to be able to tap into some real treasures in the RNCM archives that are part of this story. We have Tchaikovsky’s letters to Brodsky, plus performing material which shows Brodsky’s markings and cuts on the score. Readings from these letters, plus Anna Brodsky’s eye-witness account of the première, will feature as part of this performance.
6.30pm // Forman Lecture Theatre
TALK: Adolph Brodsky, More Than Just a Footnote – with Geoff Thomason